CAS ETH in Regenerative Materials – Essentials 2023

23. Januar – 16. Juni 2023

earth - bio-based - reused


Think Regenerative!

It is time to go beyond sustainability. Alternative solutions out of local resources such as earth, bio-based and reused materials are emerging all
over the world and are triggering regenerative outputs, thanks to their capacity to contribute to the restoration and improvement of the surrounding natural and social environment. However, they are not widespread in the construction sector due to lack of information on the side of decision makers and lack of competence on the side of practitioners.

The Certificate of Advanced Study in “Regenerative Materials - Essentials”, an international ETH training programme launched by the Chair of Sustainable Construction of the ETH Zurich, aims to tackle this problem. It offers knowledge and skills to question our conventional construction techniques and to promote regenerative materials from resource extraction to construction site, operation and end of life of the building materials. It promotes a territorial approach from the preliminary phase of the construction process.


This continuing education program aims to give practitioners tools and
methods to use earth, bio-based and reused materials with efficiency and creativity in order to contribute to the necessary ecological and social transition in the construction sector.

With this programme we aspire to:
• Train specialists to conduct complex projects using earth, bio-based and
reused materials with realistic and affordable solutions,
• Highlight exemplary architectural projects developing circular economy and the use of “low carbon” materials,
• Offer a practical experience on real projects (new construction, thermal
renovation, historic restoration),
• Create a network of professionals working on regenerative construction.

Starting in January 2023.
12 credits, 5 weeks distributed over 1 semester (theoretical and practical modules + group project exercise)

Language of instruction
Courses are held in English.

Target audience
16 participants from Switzerland and abroad. Project managers, members of city technical services, building contractors, NGOs, architects, engineers.

Applicants are asked to apply online and also include a motivation letter, a CV and two reference letters. Application deadline: October 15th, 2022.

Tuition fees
CHF 7,000. Living expenses are not included.
The Ricola Foundation supported the creation of the CAS and is covering the admission fees of three participants with financial difficulties.


  • Module 1
    Discovering Regenerative Materials
    23.01.2023 - 27.01.2023
  • Module 2
    Earth construction
    27.02.2023 - 03.03.2023
  • Module 3
    Bio-based construction
    27.03.2023 - 31.03.2023
  • Module 4
    Re-valuing the building stock
    08.05.2023 - 12.05.2023
  • Module 5
    Project exercise
    12.06.2023 - 16.06.2023


more information

Flyer CAS


ETH Zürich
Institute of Construction and Infrastructure Management
Chair of Sustainable Construction
Prof. Dr. Guillaume Habert
Dr. Arnaud Evrard


Zürich ZH